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Custom Photo Plaques by Newline

Custom plaques by Newline Trophy


One of our many valued customers, at Sunshine Acres Children’s Homeasked us to come up with a unique idea to thank some contractors in the Phoenix area for building a swimming pool for children on their property. We were excited about the project, and figured this would be a good opportunity to show off some of Newline Trophies unique capabilities.


I thank Sunshine Acres for allowing us to highlight this project, and give a thumbs up to all of the contractors listed below who “pooled” together (pun intended!) to build a beautiful swimming pool for a lot of well-deserving kids:













The people at Sunshine Acres wanted a custom plaque the contractors could hang on their wall, and had several photos of the new pool they felt would look nice on the plaque. At first, they were expecting an acrylic cover over a standard paper photograph, but we had another idea. Their budget allowed for an up-to-12” x 15” display, with a nice plaque board and fully- engraved, direct-printed plate.


Choosing the right photo 

Our first order of business was to help them choose the right photo, which in this case was easy because all of their images were made professionally, with a high-quality camera and, a couple of them were shot when the lighting was just right.


We chose these photos because of their beautiful colors and suitable representation of the contractors’ work.

 Newline Trophy Sunshine Acres Pool Image Project


Choosing the plaque board

Next came choosing a plaque board and plates. After looking at the photo and observing the blue accent colors, we selected a polished, blue mirror glass and 12”x15” plaque with a silver background and laser-engravable black aluminum plate because these would re-create the reflection, and give an impression of water, 


Creating virtual proofs

Because we are meticulous, on custom projects we often create virtual proofs. These enable our clients to get a sense of what the finished product will look like. It also helps to eliminate any miscommunication.


As we were creating the virtual proofs, our client informed us that one of the plaques would require a special photo for the contractor who donated the pool net. Since the image was outstanding, inserting another photo into the proof was relatively simple. 


Below are the two virtual proofs. They show how the blue mirror plaque and silver aluminum background complement the black, laser-engraved aluminum with full-color, direct- printed logo. It is evident that these were the right choices.

 Custom Photo Plaque ProofCustom Photo Plaque Proof


Creating the print and laser files 

With quick approval from Sunshine Acres, we were ready to “work our magic.” After procuring the appropriate materials, we began creating the print and laser files to make it happen.


Below are the images of the files created in order to direct-print the full-color photograph onto the black laser-engraved plate, and the laser file used to engrave the text.


                                Direct Print File                                                                Laser Engrave File

 Newline Trophy Direct Print FileNewline Trophy Laser File


With our files ready to go, the Newline Trophy team made one additional check-up in order to be certain the spelling was accurate, and then the order went into production.


Direct-printing the photo and logo 

This image is of our direct-print machine printing the photograph and customer logo onto the laser-engravable plate. This machine is very accurate, and is capable of creating beautiful, full- color images on metal, acrylics, glass and plastics.

 Newline Trophy Direct Color Photo Printing


Laser-engraving the metal plates 

Once printed, the plaque plates are sent back to the engraving room for the second step in the production process. Laser-engraving metal plates is one of our specialties, and in this instance it proved to be  the right choice for Sunshine Acres because we were able to get a nice, polished silver-engraved image that lent symmetry to the silver background behind the engraving plate. is known for our metal engraving, and though we chose laser engraving for this project, we often will choose industrial diamond, burnish, or laser-engraving, using a chemical on stainless steel to bring the carbon to the surface and make it permanent.


Below is an image of one of our laser engravers removing the black surface to reveal beautiful silver text on the metal plate.

Newline Trophy Laser Engraving 


Once we have the printing and the laser engraving complete, it’s time to assemble, polish and package the plaques for delivery.


These images represent the final stages of our custom plaque project.

 Newline Trophy Photo Plaque Assembly

 Newline Trophy Photo Plaque Cleaning

 Newline Trophy Photo Plaque Packaging

And when all was said and done, shown below is the final product presented to our customer. You can see how the blue mirror reflects back, as would water in a pool.

 Newline Trophy Custom Photo Plaque


We hope you enjoyed seeing how this project was executed, and we would be delighted to talk to you about your next custom trophy, plaques or award needs. For custom acrylic trophies, crystal trophies, paques, engraved metal plates, printed plastic signs, engraved plastic signs and name tags, Newline Trophy is ready to handle your job, and will take great pride in making sure it is of the highest quality.


Newline Trophy

2450 W. Broadway, Suite 101

Mesa, Arizona 85202


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